Archive | January 2012

Construction of the “news”

During our discussion on Friday in the 10 a.m. class the bias and reliability of major news sources came up. There will always be countless examples of bias and slight misinformation (here, here, and here) and this has been well documented, but this video is especially unsettling. I don’t know anything about the documentary this clip comes from (The Corporation) but it looks intriguing. I recommend watching with some cookies and a nice glass of milk as it’s rather long.

-Jordan

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Ender’s Game

For the pass few months I’ve been reading a sci-fi series written by Orson Scott Card. The first novel written was titled Ender’s Game, great story about the struggles of a child soldier sent to battle school out in space. I recently learned that there was more books written and there was a huge following calling the series “Ender-verse”. I am currently reading the fifth book and have about 4 more to go. I’m taking my time because I don’t want the story to end.

John Tyler’s Grandson

 

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/01/president-tyler-grandson-alive.html

This link is an interview with the 10th president of the United States’ grandson. I was reading Mental Floss the other day and found out that two of John Tyler’s grandsons are still alive. This confused me, considering John Tyler was born in 1790. I did some more Googling today and found this interview.

 

In the interview,  Harrison Tyler talks about about his family, some misconceptions about his grandfather’s presidency, and his feelings about politics today. I found his answers almost unintentionally funny. He’s around the same age as my grandma, so I kind of chalked it up to the same kind of bluntness she has when answering my questions. On an pretty funny note, in a separate interview (found here), the interviewer claims that Mr. Tyler called presidential candidate Newt Gringich a “big jerk.”

 

-Tess